“They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis”

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Report by International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

ISIS has committed the crime of genocide as well as multiple crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Yazidis, thousands of whom are held captive in the Syrian Arab Republic where they are subjected to almost unimaginable horrors.

The present report, which focuses on violations committed in Syria, is based on 45 interviews with survivors, religious leaders, smugglers, activists, lawyers, medical personnel, and journalists. Considerable documentary material was used to corroborate information collected by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

ISIS has sought to destroy the Yazidis through killings; sexual slavery, enslavement, torture and inhuman and degrading treatment and forcible transfer causing serious bodily and mental harm; the infliction of conditions of life that bring about a slow death; the imposition of measures to prevent Yazidi children from being born, including forced conversion of adults, the separation of Yazidi men and women, and mental trauma; and the transfer of Yazidi children from their own families and placing them with ISIS fighters, thereby cutting them off from beliefs and practices of their own religious community, and erasing their identity as Yazidis. The public statements and conduct of ISIS and its fighters clearly demonstrate that ISIS intended to destroy the Yazidis of Sinjar, composing the majority of the world’s Yazidi population, in whole or in part.

In the present report, the Commission has made wide-ranging recommendations to the United Nations, the Governments of Syria and Iraq, and the wider international community concerning the protection of and care for the Yazidi community of Sinjar. While noting States’ obligations under the Genocide Convention, the Commission repeated its call for the Security Council to refer urgently the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court, or to establish an ad hoc tribunal with relevant geographic and temporal jurisdiction.

Over 3,200 Yazidi women and children are still held by ISIS. Most are in Syria where Yazidi females continue to be sexually enslaved and Yazidi boys, indoctrinated, trained and used in hostilities. Thousands of Yazidi men and boys are missing. The genocide of the Yazidis is on-going.

Read the full report here:  International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic page 

*We are thankful to the Commission  for the permission of this publication here

 

 

#FreeAasia GMA Twitterstorm

 

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Join us and raise a voice against the widespread misuse of Pakistan blasphemy laws #FreeAasia

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Glasgow Singers unite for a Charity Gig

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Glasgow based human rights organisation, Global Minorities Alliance (www.globalminorities.co.uk) has organised a charity fundraiser on 28 July at 6:30pm in city’s Stereo Club 22-28 Renfield Lane Glasgow G2 6PH in support of its current projects.

The event will also feature GMA’s current education campaign to develop a Primary School library project in Kibera slums of Kenya, one of the largest urban slums in the world. The slum library project was first launched in January 2016 after a request from Kenya was made to GMA to help support a slum school children. The slum school is currently supported by local women group and has no books and classroom material available. Previously GMA has donated Gifts boxes to the slum children.

GMA launched online fundraiser page and raised more than £1000 It seeks more funds up to £4,000 to develop a library with cupboards, tables, chairs, computer and other necessary material for school library.

The charity has also liaised Glasgow’s Netherlee Primary School which welcomed GMA’s members to present the project to primary school Children. GMA extends its heartfelt thanks to the staff, parents and the children who made it possible to raise books for children. GMA was donated close to 500 books by the school children. GMA has also established a Scottish Charity Books Abroad which deliver books around the world. Books Abroad will donate 5000 books to Slum School in Kenya on behalf of GMA. Thank you Books Abroad

The charity gig will feature Glasgow Singers Kirsten Easdale, Lord of the Mountain, Will Johnstone, Daryl Sperry, Mick Hargan, Baby Taylor and Bigg Taj. The gig has been supported by Glasgow’s Bloc + and Stereo which will also host the gig.

GMA would like to thank all its partners and especially BLOC+ and Stereo as well as the singers who all made the gig possible and for their kind, selfless gesture for the good causes.

To donate online on our campaign page: Please see the link here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/f15lm9/ab/54brp6

To know more about our Kenya Project library see the link here: https://gmablog.org/2016/01/24/support-kenyan-slum-school/

To apply for Tickets see the link here: http://tickets-scotland.com/gla89 or write to info@globalminorities.co.uk

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